Although former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has dropped out from the presidential race, his name remains on Florida’s primary ballot. Tens of thousands of absentee ballots have been casted already in Florida, some with Bush’s name on them. Supervisors of elections have received calls from voters, asking if they can recast their vote now that Bush has suspended his campaign. “Every single year, we get these calls, and every single year, it’s no surprise,” Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel said. Ertel said the answer is always the same: No.
The law says absentee ballots have to be mailed out 45 days before an election for military oversees, so when the ballots were mailed in December, all the candidates’ names were on them.
Ertel said it’s too expensive to reprint the ballot every time a candidate drops out, which can also lead to more mistakes. He said a voter’s best bet is to wait until March 1 to cast.
Half of the candidates on the absentee ballot have suspended their campaigns.